Sir George James Frampton RA

Sir George James Frampton RA

1860 - 1928

b. 1860 in London, England; d. 1928 in London.

English sculptor and craftsman and leading member of with the New Sculpture Movement; creator of pubic monuments.

George James Frampton studied modelling at Lambeth School of Art under W.S. Frith. He attended the Royal Academy schools where he won a travelling scholarship (1881-87). Frampton continued his studies in Paris where he was taught sculpture by Antonin Mercie and painting by Dagnan-Bouveret (1888-90). He returned to England and in 1893 secured a teaching position at London's Slade School of Art. During the early 1890s Frampton became attracted to the decorative Arts and Crafts Movement where he experimented with a form of sculpture which combined a number of different materials including bronze, ivory, marble, wood, gold and silver, glass, and a range of precious stones. Most successful of these polychrome, "composite sculptures" is a portrait bust titled "Lamia" (1899) held in the Royal Academy collections. Frampton received a great deal of success during his lifetime and was commissioned to execute public works across the UK and British Empire. He became an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1910 and received his full membership in 1920. He received a Knighthood in 1908.

Frampton is represented by major UK collections including Tate, British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, National Portrait Gallery, and Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery (Glasgow). Other well known works include "Dame Alice Owen" at Owen's School, Islington, London (1897); "Jubilee Monument for Queen Victoria" at Calcutta, India, also at Leeds and Southport, England., and at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; and (all in London) "Quintin Hogg" in Langham place (1906), "Peter Pan" in Kensington Gardens, and "Edith Cavell" in St. Martin's Lane (1920).

Benjamin Angwin – January 2015